About eye trauma
Reconstruction of the eyelids and eye socket (the cavity of the skull that holds the eye in place) may be required following facial trauma due to falls, car accidents, burns, or objects that hit the eye. Certain diseases, including invasive cancers, may also require socket reconstruction or even surgery to enhance the ability to wear an eye prosthesis.
New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai’s (NYEE) oculoplastic and orbital surgery team is among the most experienced in the Northeast in treating and managing eye trauma. We not only use the latest reconstructive techniques and technology, but draw upon ENT, oncology and diagnostic imaging specialists from the Mount Sinai Health System to handle complicated cases that require multiple areas of expertise. The goal of this multidisciplinary team is to expertly repair the damaged bone and tissue around the eyes, and preserve your vision.
How is eye trauma treated?
Eyelid trauma is best repaired by meticulously restoring natural anatomy at the time of the trauma. However, even years after the initial trauma, our surgeons can often dramatically improve the appearance and function of the face around the eyes. For cases involving possible orbital fracture, our ocuplastic and orbital specialists start with a thorough eye and facial exam including a CT scan to determine the extent of the damage and the treatment required. Often, they work together with multiple specialists who manage resulting conditions inside the eye (e.g. treatment of retinal detachment, corneal transplant, etc.) For the most serious fractures – ones that result in double-vision from impaired eye movement—surgery to reconstruct the eye socket is usually required.